Webinar: “Saving Lives: A Conversation about Suicide Prevention in the Jewish Community” — Featuring Special Guests Linda Burger, MSW and Laurie Morgan Silver, LCSW
DATE: Wednesday, October 3, 2018
TIME: 1:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. CT / 11:00 a.m. MT / 10:00 a.m. PT
DURATION: 1 hour
CONTENT WARNING: The webinar leaders will address the emotional impact of suicide; methods will not be addressed in this presentation.
Did you know that September is Suicide Prevention Month and that World Suicide Prevention Day coincided with Rosh HaShana? Were you aware that CDC (2018) identifies suicide as a major public health issue, accounting for nearly 45,000 deaths in 2016? This CDC study notes that “54 percent of the people who killed themselves didn’t have a previously known mental health issue.” In the Jewish community, suicide has been, historically, a taboo topic for a variety of reasons. Throughout the year, Jews of (nearly) all ages and stages contemplate suicide, and many follow through with it.
Please join us on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET for this critical webinar. Joining us are RespectAbility Board Member Linda Burger, MSW and her colleague, Laurie Morgan Silver, LCSW. Burger is a staunch leader in Houston’s Jewish community, where she is the CEO of Jewish Family Service Houston (JFSH). Silver, a psychotherapist, serves as a consultant with JFSH, where she supports suicide prevention and aftercare and other mental health programs.
Jewish Family Service Houston has developed a number of mental health initiatives to address suicide prevention and aftercare in its community. During this webinar, our leaders will also review the statistical context as well as the purpose and status of the Mental Health Let’s Talk About It programs and services.
If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and/or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting 741741.